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The Play List: Top Seattle-Area Family Outings for March 2024

From lambs to lions, March is chock-full of exciting things to do

Headshot of author Julie Dodobara, she is pictured from the torso up, standing on a boat with a waterfuall in the distance

Published on: February 23, 2024

Two girls covered in colors at a Holi celebration
Holi marks the arrival of spring at Redmond’s Marymoor Park

As we march toward spring in the Pacific Northwest, there is one thing you can count on when it comes to the weather: a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Plan your outings accordingly and don’t forget a raincoat. This month, may we suggest various options for frolicking outside, catching a dance or theater performance, or exploring a world of different cultures? There are plenty of choices, so grab your calendars and be ready for anything.

1. Who says boys can’t wear fairy wings? That’s what Barney wants to know in Olympia Family Theater’s heartwarming and funny production about gender identity and self-expression. Barney Carey Gets His Wings runs 45 minutes and is best for ages 7 and older. Playing Friday–Sunday through March 17. Tickets $5–$35.

2. Hopefully, you’ve bought your tickets and have your costume ready for this year’s Emerald City Comic Con. Nerd out with other fans over comics, gaming, anime, pop culture and on-screen celebrities (Hello, Captain America — Chris Evans!). This is an all-ages party taking place Thursday–Sunday, Feb. 29–March 3. Tickets $43–$72 per day for adults; kids’ four-day pass $30 (ages 6–12).

3. As parents, we know that screen time is an inescapable part of growing up. Learn strategies for keeping your children healthy and safe online from digital learning expert, Katie Davis, Ph.D., in this month’s ParentEd Talks. Tuesday, March 5, 1–2 p.m. Free; preregister.

4. Lacey’s Cultural Celebration brings the whole world to you in one place. This free fest showcases a variety of cultural traditions through music, art and dance, and features fantastic activities for kids, all inspiring a true spirit of community. Head to Saint Martin’s University on Saturday, March 9; festivities are 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

5. Sign up to take part in a family-friendly tree-planting party at E.J. Nist Family Park in Normandy Park. Participants will add native plants to the ecosystem and remove invasive species, but there will also be crafts and fun science activities set up. Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Free; preregister.

6. Frolic outdoors in our state’s most beautiful places on two special dates this month when you won’t need a Discover Pass to park in state parks: Saturday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 19. Commune with nature close to town at state parks such as Bridle Trails, Saint Edward, Dash Point and others.

7. Don your green apparel and head to one (or more) of Seattle’s St. Patrick’s Day events. Watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade marching along Fourth Avenue in downtown Seattle on Saturday, March 16. Attend the free annual Irish Festival celebrating the cultural traditions and heritage of Ireland at Seattle Center Saturday–Sunday, March 16–17. Or, run in the St. Patrick’s Day Dash, also at Seattle Center, Sunday, March 17. It finishes with a costume contest, music and more.

8. Celebrate the first day of spring with a free bouquet of the spring’s bright symbol — fresh daffodils grown on local family-run farms. Head to Pike Place Market on Tuesday, March 19 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to claim your bunch (while supplies last).

"Beautiful daffodils with a sunny sky. Things to do in Seattle"
Head to Pike Place Market for your free spring bouquet.

9. Kick off spring at Fam Jam, an outdoor family celebration with tot-pleasing activities, such as Touch-A-Truck, musical performances, STEAM activities and more. It’s all happening at the Kids Discovery Museum (KidiMu), Bainbridge Island’s museum for kids, on Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Free.

10. It’s bound to be a wild time! International Ballet Theatre for Children presents “The Jungle Book,” an original dance theater performance created especially for younger audiences. Come along on a wildlife-filled journey inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s story collection. The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Saturday–Sunday, March 23–24. Tickets $33–$45.

"Dancers at International Ballet Theatre’s “The Jungle Book” things to do in Seattle."
International Ballet Theatre’s “The Jungle Book”. Photo credit: Rex Tranter

11. Book your tickets and stuff your car with pillows and blankets for Kirkland’s winter drive-in movie series at Juanita Beach Park. On Saturday, March 23, the series features the latest adventures of our favorite video game sibs in “Super Mario Bros.,” rated PG. The movie screens at bedtime-friendly 7 p.m.; gates open at 6 p.m. $20 per car.

12. Welcome the arrival of spring and celebrate the joyful holiday of Holi at the largest color festival in the Northwest, held again at Redmond’s Marymoor Park. Join the merriment, music and color-throwing fun on Saturday, March 23 from 10:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Free admission; colors and food for purchase.

13. Experience the familiar story of a boy, his trusty crayon and his colorful imagination — in dance form — at Pacific Northwest Ballet’s premiere production of “Harold and the Purple Crayon.” The hourlong narrated performance is perfect for the whole family. Multiple showtimes, Saturdays, March 23 and 30. Tickets start at $15.

14. Explore the concept of joie de vivre by celebrating and learning about the music, dance, foods and traditions of various French-speaking cultures from across the globe at Seattle’s French Fest. There’s even a baguette-tasting contest. Part of the Festál cultural series, French Fest takes place at Seattle Center on Sunday, March 24. Free.

15. Hop to it! It’s time to follow Auburn’s Peter Cotton Trail and search local Auburn parks to spot bunnies lurking in the brush; find at least 10, mark your Bunny Scorecard and enter your scorecard for a chance to win fun prizes. Watch for bunny locales to be announced on March 28 and search Friday–Monday, March 29–April 1. Free.

"Two brown bunnies sitting in the grass. Things to do in Seattle."
Spot those bunnies! 

Highlighted events for March 2024

March 5 | Tuesday
Technology’s Child: Empowered Parenting in the Digital Age

March 9 | Saturday
Lacey Cultural Celebration
St. Martin’s University

March 15–17 | Friday–Sunday
Irish festivities
Various Seattle locations

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